I saw this topic on older posts but did not see a satisfactory answer.
I paid for the membership about 4 months ago, and recently tried searching for one of my pieces by title. And then subject. Then both. Nothing....
I then tried another by several specific keywords. All kinds of works came up that had nothing at all to do with the keywords, and my pieces never showed up. I assumed that having upgraded to the paid membership would insure that your work was then included in searches (when it should be everyone, in my opinion).
I see no reason to pay for this if it does nothing to help people find my work. Does anyone know what's going on with this?
Thanks in advance.
I don't think that paying for a membership has anything to do with the search. The images that usually come up first in the search are the top selling images. It really depends on the keywords. Are they specific, generic etc?
It looks like two of those three have no keywords and won’t come up in a keywords search no matter what. For keywords like “sunset”, there are 756,000 images that turn up so a recently added image for a keyword like that is going to go to the back of the line and not be found for a search on “sunset”.
A search by title using the title search does show at least one of your images.
Perhaps there is another issue as well, as when I checked (going into "edit") they all had keywords.
I am not talking about not being able to print. I know some are not cropped correctly.
I want to know why they won't show up in a search.... at all. Even by title, which is pretty specific. I was tried Syncopation, and Bottles Blue Period. I couldn't get Recycling Bin to show up either when I just tried in a new window.
paying doesn't mean you'll rise in the search. the search is sorted by how well you sell. as said the cropped ones need fixing, but a lot of your images have no keywords at all, so that won't help you. in fact all the bad crops have no words, and many of the images have very few. you need to be specific. like you have a lot of fish:
but no breed, aquarium, pet, curiosity and so on. more words are needed, you'll also want better descriptions for the google.
if the words are common, you'll see them listed on the page. if they are spelled wrong or they are a phrase, you don't see it on the page but it would be in the search. the thing about the search is, you have to be unique, if you type in fish, then you may not get a bite. if you say fish face and you have that phrase you could sell it. for the fish one i would look up all the phobia's involving people staring at you.
the commas will make the words individual. right now it thinks all your keywords are one long phrase.
One problem on at least one image is you have your keywords in the DESCRIPTION box. So you do not have any keywords on that image, as the Search will only look at the keywords area.
Put all words of your title in your keywords just as a failsafe. Just keep in mind that the keyword Search is not looking at anything but the keywords. If you choose Artist or Title from the dropdown, the Search then goes to those fields.
This is the image with Keywords in the Description box:
KM, the simple answer is that unless you are making sales here you probably are not going to show up in the search. The search only returns a few pages and the results are heavily weighted to favor the large sellers.
Think about it this way. There are over 500,000 sellers and at least 15 million images. What are the chances that you are going to have come up with such unique words that no one else with a lot more sales hasn't already used hundreds and even thousands of times?
I am not sure making up your own words is even going to be recognized by the search engine.
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